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AFRIK-IT May 2003

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Djibouti ICT strategy and action plan

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Wed, 28 May 2003 17:22:26 -0400

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Djibouti ICT strategy docs online in French and
English – meeting of international partners planned
Beirut, May 28 – 31.

Summary: The Djibouti ICT strategy and action plan are
available online at the following site: www.mccpt.dj.
Chose the option : ”Société de l’information NTICs”.
The strategy and action plan are available in French
and the Action plan is available in English.

Foreword:

Djibouti is a small city-state (pop. 680,000)
occupying a strategic location on the Horn of Africa.
The economy is service based, relying on transit and
related services at the Port of Djibouti. All of
Ethiopia’s sea bound imports and exports transit
through Djibouti.

While the country is poor, relying on subsistence
agriculture and a few natural resources, it has
service-based and open economy, a freely convertible
and stable currency pegged to the USD and is
recognized in the region as a stable financial centre.
It also located at the intersection of Africa, the
Middle East, Asia, the Muslim world and of la
Francophonie. It is also favoured with a direct
connection to the SMW 2 & 3 fiber optic submarine
cables linking Southern Europe and Asia.

Djibouti has always been a commercial and
transportation hub and the Government has taken
measures to strengthen this sector by placing the Port
and Airport authorities under international
management. The freeport area is being expanded along
with the seaport which is also being deepened.
Privatization measures are being considered for the
major utilities including the national
telecommunications operator, Djibouti Telecomms.

The Government of Djibouti as well as several other
development actors such as the educational and
especially the university and research communities as
well as the private sector have recognized the
importance of ICTs for Djibouti’s service based
economy.

Starting in May of 2002, a process of consultation has
been ongoing that has lead, with the help of UNDP and
of the ITU to the preparation of an ICT strategy and
action plan. It has also been the opportunity for
revising telecommunications tariffs by an average of
50%. The Telecomms operator and sole service provider,
Djibouti Telecomms is the subject of review by outside
consultants under the auspices of the World Bank / IMF
under the privatization commission of the Ministry of
Finance of the Government of Djibouti.

More important, this process of consultation and
reflection has led the Government and other
development actors to recognize the importance of
developing a strategic view of how ICTs can help
transform the country and help define and achieve a
vision for the future that is dependent on the
mainstreaming of ICTs in the economy and throughout
society everywhere across the country.

 Under the leadership of the Ministry of Communication
and Culture responsible for Posts and
Telecommunications, the Government of the Republic of
Djibouti has developed an ICT strategy and action plan
with a 20-year horizon.

The action plan details over 30 projects that can be
considered to help transform the country while trying
to deal with the fundamental issues of poverty,
literacy and access to education and health services
in general, community development (community access
centers and community radio) and the challenge of
transforming and modernizing the economy, government
and society in general using ICTs. Each project
includes a budget.

From May 28 to May 31, in Beirut, ITU is hosting a
round table meeting of international partners to hear
the formal presentation of the Strategy and action
plan by the Minister of Communication and Culture
responsible for Posts and Telecommunications the
Honourable of Djibouti, Minister Rifki Abdoulkader
Bramakramah and his team. The objective of this
meeting is to garner support from international
partners in implementing the strategy and action plan.

This meeting will take place on the sidelines of three
important meetings that will take place on the
occasion of the 5th Annual Meeting on
Telecommunication Development in the Arab Region: The
Internet Forum, Telecom Develop and ARABSAT. ITU is
hosting this meeting. For details of the programme,
visit: http://www.ituarabic.org/Annual03/Annual03.htm.


The Djibouti ICT strategy and action plan are
available online at the following site: www.mccpt.dj.
Chose the option : ”Société de l’information NTICs”.
The strategy and action plan are available in French
and the Action plan is available in English.

Thanks to ITU for its strong support of this process,
including the translation of the Action Plan to
English and especially to Miloud Ameziane of the ITU
regional office in Cairo for his continued support and
encouragement. Also many thanks to l’Agence
Internationale de la Francophonie, Unesco and the
Économic Commission for Africa (ECA) for its ongoing
support and involvement.

For more information, please communicate directly with
the Ministry: [log in to unmask]

Richard Labelle
Consultant, ICTs for development
UNDP
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Richard Labelle

Information Technology and
Management Practices for Development

Gestion des Technologies de
l'Information pour le Developpement

Aylmer, Quebec,
CANADA J9H 5Z6
tel: 1-819-684-8980
fax: 1-819-684-2834
email: [log in to unmask]
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